Job interviews are daunting. There is no way around that. But God help you if you’ve ever answered, “No, I don’t have any questions” at the end of a job interview.
In their nervousness, applicants almost always forget that job interviews are just as much for them, as for the company they’ve applied to. You’re here to see if the job will be a good fit for you. It’s like shopping for anything: the salesperson is going to ask questions about you and your needs to see if the product makes sense for you. You should be doing the exact same thing (you’re not going to buy a car without asking about the MPG, Bluetooth connectability, and the airbags, amirite?!)
In addition to giving you some needed details, asking questions also shows that you sincerely care about the position. It demonstrates you’ve prepared and prepped, in addition to highlighting that you’re grilling them too (you’re looking for the perfect company to bring your awesome skills to, and it makes you look more valuable.)
This list of questions is by no means complete or exhaustive, but will provide a great jumping-off point, no matter what position or company you’re looking at.
1. How would you describe the company culture? What do you all do for fun together?
An oldie, but a goodie. Company culture has become increasingly important in choosing a job. You may not be absolutely in love with the industry or the scope of your work (and that’s a huge bummer), but if you love the people and the perks, it’s reason to stay. This two-part question shows you what to expect from office life, and if that attitude and camaraderie will exist in your personal life as well.
2. What is the performance and salary review process procedure?
This is a future-thinking question, and something you’re going to be so glad you asked. If your interviewer doesn’t seem to have an answer for this or looks nervous, that is a huge red flag; demonstrating that there is not a ton of upward mobility or raise potential. If they have an awesome answer for you (i.e. “Every six months”, or “After you’ve been here a year”), write it down. When (yep, I said WHEN) you get the job, you know what to expect and demand as you gain tenure.
3. How do you measure success, particularly for this position?
Another future-thinking question that is super important. Discovering what “success” is to a company (is it making a lot of money? Producing good employees? Throwing a killer anniversary party?) will showcase their mission and values for the organization. It also helps you determine the milestones to hit as you progress in your position, giving you immediate goals and metrics for the year ahead. It provides depth of the position, to see what the day-to-day would truly be like in order to be “successful” at this particular organization.
4. How do you help your team grow professionally? What benefits do you offer for professional growth?
Every job (usually that first one especially) is going to challenge you. This is something you must demand and expect. In addition to the everyday challenges (the ones you see on your job description,) you should look for other growth and development opportunities. Will your employer pay for a LinkedIn premium account or for a professional society? Do they Lunch and Learn, have a library of helpful books, or encourage mentoring? All things to research and look out for.
5. Is there anything about myself or my qualifications that gives you pause? If so, I would love to address those concerns.
Yep, my heart leap in my chest as I was typing it. This question is not for the faint of heart, but is truly the ultimate end-of-interview question. It requires immediate vulnerability with a practical stranger, but this will show grace and confidence (I can’t tell you how often people are taken aback (in a good way) when I ask this question.) If your interviewer answers nope, their brain immediately goes, “I have no qualms? I guess I don’t! S/he’d be the perfect fit!” If they do, it’s a perfect opportunity to address those and explain, before they become dark marks on an otherwise great interview. Maybe they misunderstood your answer to a question, or maybe they’re reading WAY too much into that employment gap. Now’s the time to set the record straight.
A 20-something #girlboss, Tori Dunlap is an award-winning digital marketer and entrepreneur. Founder of victori media, helping 20-somethings live life victoriously. Obsessed with travel, a good glass of Cab Sav, and you. Follow her on Instagram here.
In recent years many women have empowered themselves and have decided to start their own business. Although there is still so much work to do, we have at least seen some changes. Many women have proven that despite being business owners, they have the ability to balance their time between work and family.
They have run a successful business and have proven a lot of people wrong. There are a growing number of women who have started a small business that have eventually become massive and they are inspiring others to do the same.
Find out more about this through the infographic below. These women have completely transformed business ownership as we know it. They have shown women empowerment at its finest.
Jamie loves to travel, meeting new people, discovering new cultures, traditions, and tasting different foods. She’s in love with the beautiful country of Costa Rica and enjoys sharing her passion online.
True or false? “If you want it bad enough, you will do it.”
Many people think the most important factor in achieving dreams or implementing change is the desire or motivation to do it. They assume if someone does not “do it”, they’re guilty of not wanting it bad enough or are unwilling to make the sacrifice. I’ve certainly found myself believing this mentality many times during my journey, but it’s simply not true.
Sometimes the more something matters to us, the less likely we are to make it happen.
If we fail to achieve what we desire because we don’t have the skills, discipline, support, knowledge, and other things necessary, we end up feeling overwhelmed and defeated, and give up altogether.
How many people have you known who would truly like to lose weight but haven’t been able to? As a result, they get depressed and hopeless and quit trying. Sometimes they eat more and begin to self sabotage. Our desire can really depress us if we aren’t able to bring it to fruition.
Desire is important, but it doesn’t enable us to accomplish change. Several ingredients make change, and the sustaining of that change, possible; and many come from outside ourselves.
When we do not have the ingredients, know-how, and support we need, we’re left to our own abilities and the results we’re already getting.
Knowing we should never go back, and being able not to go back are two entirely different things.
Remember the principal you can’t please everybody? You might know this is an important life principle, but when you find yourself in a situation that requires you to stand firm against someone you want to please, you begin to feel anxious and weak in the knees. Knowing this person would be unhappy if you don’t do what he wants you to do – even though you firmly believe what he wants would not be right for you – you give in at the last moment just to keep them happy.
All your best planning and intentions to stand up for yourself fall flat, and you find yourself in a situation you didn’t want, resenting the person you wanted to please, and angry at yourself. Discouragement sets in, and you forget your path of change… back to the old you.
Success can’t be dependent on the situation. Success must be dependent on the person. In every situation, some are successful and some are not.
In any given moment we have two options:
1. Step forward into growth.
2. Step back into safety.
Why are some people successful and others aren’t when faced with the same circumstances and situations?
They’ve made a decision. No one has forced them to think a certain way. They’ve been presented with options and have chosen how they want to proceed.
If you want to make a change but aren’t sure where to begin, try these three power moves to kick-start your success in getting closer to your dreams.
Wake up and come out of denial.
The first step is to change your mind about what you’re doing and turn in a different direction. Turn around and never go back. Decide you want something else more than you want to stay the same.
(By the way, being in denial does not mean you are bad; it means you have not been aware of the truth of something. Now, breathe a sigh of relief, hug yourself, and keep moving forward!)
Be honest with yourself about your actions. The patterns that have kept you stuck and unfruitful, whether in public or in secret, have caused some form of shame and heartache in your life. Admitting this and being accountable for your actions is the second power move in kick-starting your success.
When you become aware of the negative thinking and the old patterns playing in your head and replace them with new voices, you will change.
Expose the patterns that haven’t worked for you. Exposure is to bring something to light and see it for exactly what it is, fruitless. Worthless. Bringing no life or value.
Nothing gets better on its own. Left alone, these patterns will keep you stuck and destroy life. When we realize, and really comprehend, that time is running out, we will wake up, get out of bed, and get where we need to go.
Your dreams are there to be listened to. They don’t want to be told they’re not reachable; they want to be told you’ll find a way.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is leave your comfort zone, but you have to let go of the life you’re familiar with and take a risk to live the life you dream about.
Chrissy Kirkman is a life coach, worship leader, dreamer, mentor, wife, and bonus mom with a passion to help others overcome adversity and achieve their dreams. Creator of the ‘Radically Driven’ group coaching program, Chrissy understands first-hand what it’s like to want to give up. Enduring a divorce, financial hardship, weight loss struggles, depression, anxiety, endometriosis, multiple surgeries, and losing five babies has deepened Chrissy’s faith in God and transformed her into an overcomer!
Chrissy enjoys singing, traveling, and turning dull moments into laughter. She resides in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband, bonus son, and pets.
Have you ever been so scared of doing something you decided against it?!
Well I know you all answered yes to that, silly question right?
But exactly how much is fear holding you back in your life?
I’ve made some pretty ballsy choices recently and absolutely turned my old life upside down to create the one I always dreamed of.
People keep telling me I’m so brave, so confident, a real doer. REALITY CHECK! No I’m not. I’m exactly like you, I had dreamed of doing something different for years, for me that was throwing in corporate and doing what I love everyday; running my own health retreats in Bali and Australia.
I was terrified! I tried it once and went back, why would it be different a second time? Because this time I set myself up for success. This time I’m choosing love over fear. The way I looked at it in the end was what’s more scary not trying something and failing or never trying it and either regretting that or always wondering what if?
For me the what ifs eat away at my heart and soul so I knew I had to take the leap, if there’s something you just can’t stop thinking about (yes, even the latest Alexander Wang bag) stand up and go get it!
What are you waiting for? Seriously. More time to pass, more wondering, more moments of sitting dreaming about how different you would feel if you had what you dreamed of everyday. Let me tell you something only one person can make it happen for you and that’s you! And I guarantee (I’d even give your money back if I was charging you for this) that you can do it, you’re capable of anything you put your mind to. Don’t let family, friends, acquaintances, or the media tell you otherwise.
Here are my top 5 tips for letting go of your fears:
1. Write down what’s the absolute worst case scenario of this dream not working out for you? (I used this technique to overcome a fear this morning…going on a blind surfing date. It works. Trust me. It will instantly calm you down and help rationalize any situation.)
2. Now write down what you would do if that were to happen. How would you keep going, keep living?
3. Write down the first 5 steps you would need to take to make the dream happen. Make these small, achievable steps the first 5 simplest things you could do to get yourself what you want. Remember, baby steps!
4. Now cross the last 4 off and focus on one step at a time. Go ahead and do step 1 – with all your heart and soul – go do your absolute best at achieving step 1. It might be sending an email, making a call, having a conversation. Whatever it is, go do it.
5. If step 1 worked, follow on and repeat step 3 & 4. Continue to do so until you get what you want. It really is that simple!
Fear is natural, being scared is human nature it warns us that there’s danger and, yes, this is a good thing. You must live with danger because if you didn’t, it would mean you weren’t taking any risks, you weren’t growing, you weren’t learning, and you weren’t going places. Together lets go places!
Bec is a qualified Health, Lifestyle, Integrative Nutrition Coach and Yoga Teacher who launched IN2U Health and Wellness to focus on bringing real holistic and healthy lifestyle changes to busy babes. After working a high-end corporate career in sales and marketing for over 10 years and studying her passions on the side she decided to take the leap and change her life and yours.
As a passionate water sports enthusiast, her vision was to incorporate all her passions rolled into one, which is why IN2U Health and Wellness Retreats were born globally. Bec knows first-hand the stress and unhealthy lifestyle factors that come with working full time and juggling your career, friends, family and social life. Her coaching and retreats give you realistic, actionable steps to creating a body and life you love the easy way.
Last year, I went through a breakup with my boyfriend in Maui, Hawaii: an unlikely turn of events in paradise. We were on a two-week vacation, enjoying the fast pace of Tokyo, Japan, followed by a consecutive trip to Maui to relax. Little arguments on the trip somehow turned to conversations on intentions to get married and falling out of love, and as a result, we decided to end our relationship. As background, we had talked about marriage a lot, shared an apartment, and had the most adorable dog together. I. Was. Heartbroken.
After the breakup, I realized that there was something I’ve been meaning to tell myself that I didn’t say enough.
I love you.
We’ve been taught to show others how much we love and appreciate them, and it’s something that comes naturally. Our families, our significant others and our friends all feel the love. Yet when it comes to telling and showing yourself how much you love and appreciate YOU, well why is that so non-existent?
Even though one love had ended, the most empowering kind, self-love, was always there the whole time.
I had always thought I was going to marry that boyfriend at the time. Yet why wait for a ring from a man? I always dreamed of a ring from Tiffany & Co., so to bring in the new year, I went ahead and bought one for myself, and added a note to go with it as a constant reminder to myself. The note read, “I say ‘I do’ to always loving myself.”
I followed that up with a present for my 30th birthday: a solo trip to the Dominican Republic — a vacation paradise re-do, so to speak, to make up for the one that went awry. As expected, it was beyond liberating and I had the best time with just with me, myself and I.
I started doing things by myself that I had once become accustomed to having him around for. At first I dreaded it and it scared me, but then it started to become something I enjoyed. I relished the feeling of taking care of myself without dependence. I also had all this free time that I started to utilize really effectively — I began to reflect on my goals more, crossing off items on my list of things I wished to do and achieve. I started running again, taking long walks at the park with my dog (I retained dog custody), writing more consistently, spending more time with my friends, and just generally started doing more things that I was passionate about and that would elevate me as a person.
I embraced loving and spoiling myself with every chance I could get, and as I did, I became more appreciative of everything.
I empower you to gift yourself too with the greatest thing you can offer yourself: love.
Rachel Rocero is a Marketing and PR pro, passionate about tech startups and higher education. She’s also a recreational blogger who has contributed to HelloGiggles, SharpHeels, VolunteerMatch and more. She’s worn many career hats — leading communications for a coding school, working with several clients at a tech PR agency, the marketing director for an ephemeral messaging app, the North America corporate relations manager for an international business school, and the marketing project manager for a 12-campus college. She’s served on the Board of Directors for PRSA San Francisco. She’s a true Californian and a San Francisco explorer. Not to mention, a tea and coffee enthusiast — who in her free time finds pleasure collecting vintage advertising and other treasures at local antique shops.
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